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UFC 216: Kevin Lee Reports He’s Always Had Respect For “Weirdo” Tony Ferguson

Kelsey Mowatt

UFC 216

One of the interesting story lines leading up to UFC 216 has been watching Kevin Lee emerge into a marketable star.

Of course, Lee has been making waves in the lightweight division for a little while now, and if you’ve been following “The Motown Phenom”, then you’ve known for a while he’s gifted on the mic too. But, since he’s going to face Tony Ferguson for the lightweight title on Saturday, Lee’s had a much bigger platform for this fight, and he’s been making the most of it.

Although the consensus seems to be that Ferguson will be too much for the 25 year-old, and Lee is the betting lines underdog, some have questioned if he might in fact be more marketable than “El Cucuy”. Well, during the latest “UFC Tonight“, both Ferguson and Lee were interviewed, and the latter’s verbal abilities were evident again. Here’s some of what Lee had to say about the always dangerous Ferguson:

“There’s always been respect for Tony. I said it from the beginning. I feel like Tony’s been the number-one contender for a while. He’s the toughest fight. I like the big challenges. As a man, he’s a weirdo. I never interacted with him. His style is great. He can fight, but that’s about it. He’s going to be disappointed on Saturday night.”

 “I hope you can stay in there. I hope you can take the power and speed. You’re the one that has all the technical problems.”

“He came back,” said Lee, when asked to comment on Ferguson visiting his college wrestling team, “he was a weirdo then, and he’s even weirder now.”

Now, it should be noted that Ferguson has made some headline worthy comments leading up UFC 216, no question. But it does seem very clear that Lee’s ready for the big time, in terms of promoting pay-per-view fights etc. For example, Lee’s also been giving it to Conor McGregor in recent weeks. 

The question is, can Lee score the upset on Saturday? And become the first man in 10 bouts to hand Ferguson a loss?

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